Gig Harbor, WA
Aquatic Life: 5
Remains of a 160 wooden hulled ship Large Wreck,
The wreck of the Point Richmond Minesweeper is a 160' of wooden hulled debris with some structure that remains standing about 5' from the bottom. It sits pointing north in 60-70' of water. There are several tanks and, pipes, machinery, ribbing wooden timers and other miscellaneous wreck debris still in place. It is hard to tell if the unidentified ship was really a minesweeper but it has become a interesting artificial reef worth a visit.
Current sensitive, but not terribly. Slightly protected from an ebb tide and currents will simply carry you down shore where you can wade back but avoid strong exchanges and try to remain close to the wreck if you do encounter current. There is some netting located on the wreck that should be avoided. This is also a popular fishing site.
How to get there:
Located in Colvos Passage about 4 miles north of Gig Harbor boat ramps. The wreck is situated right in front of a wooden bulkhead of an old ship yard on Point Richmond. The wreck is lying parallel to shore down from about the second to 3rd piling from the north. It is easy to locate, even without GPS or a depth finder. Drop at the pilings and swim down the slope to about 60'. You can't miss it.
Thanks to NWD for submitting this site!